11R is delighted to present a major exhibition of recent works by American artist Jackie Saccoccio, on view March 30 – April 30, 2017 at the gallery’s 195 Chrystie Street location. Titled Sharp Objects & Apocalypse Confetti, the show comprises two distinct groups of new work: large-scale abstract paintings on linen and a new series of “drawings” made with ink on Yupo polyethylene. Saccoccio is currently included in the group exhibition Riot Grrrls, organized by Michael Darling, at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Chicago through June 2017.  

Installed across the gallery’s two spaces, Saccoccio’s exhibition visually dissects aspects of her own painting practice into two bodies of work: imposing calligraphic portrait drawings in the first gallery and diaphanous group portraits in the second gallery. Beauty entangled with rough webs is the constant among the works on linen and Yupo.

In the first space, the Sharp Objects displayed are abstract portraits of the artist’s heroines: giants who contributed to 20th-century painting, with an emphasis on painters who created physically demanding works; these portraits are titled after Joan Mitchell, Elizabeth Murray, and Helen Frankenthaler, among others. This commanding graphic series is defined by calligraphic concentric inking on Yupo, a highly durable type of polyethylene paper. The painting Apocalypse Confetti, 2017, measuring 106 x 158 inches, anchors the second space. Like the concentrated portraits that pepper the horizons of early Renaissance fresco painting, the paintings featured here are composed primarily of yellow-hued swatches, blips, pours, drips and webs, which dissipate into vistas and vortexes, alluding to both body and place. Saccoccio is known for manipulating the fluid properties of paint through bodily movement, aggressively tipping and turning her canvases, and manually dragging and pressing them against one another. In these new works, the artist raises the bar on her own stylistic tendencies — her surfaces are condensed, her marks are pixilated — and wrestles with the intertwining of beauty and meaning.

Jackie Saccoccio (b. 1963) lives and works in CT and NY. She is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including The Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome; a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Grant; a Fulbright Foundation Grant; an Art Production Fund / Claude Monet Foundation Artists in Giverny residency; the 2015 Artadia NADA Award; the Stein Prize from MOCA Jacksonville; and most recently, a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Saccoccio has exhibited nationally and abroad for the last 20 years. Recent solo and two-person exhibitions include a 2-venue show at 11R, NY, and Van Doren Waxter, NY; Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago, IL; Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS; and Museo d’ Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, Genoa. Recent group exhibitions include Marlborough Contemporary, London; Annet Gelink, Amsterdam; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL; and The Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA, among others. Saccoccio’s exhibitions have been reviewed in The New York Times, The New York Observer, Time Out, Brooklyn Rail, The New Yorker, and Artforum, among others.